The Ulwe Project

  • Scaly Breasted Munia

    Scaly Breasted Munia

    The Ulwe Project: Another one from Ulwe, my favorite haunt. We had been trying to track this bird for a while, unsuccessfully. At a point we gave up and were just about to drive off, when my birding mate who hosts WildWaterWoods noticed this little one a few feet from the car. Some info from wiki: The¬†Scaly Breasted Munia¬†or¬†Spotted Munia¬†(Lonchura…



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  • Common Kingfisher

    Common Kingfisher

    The Ulwe Project: Picture from May 2012 in Ulwe.¬†Lone Kingfisher in the light thrown by the setting sun. For once it didn’t make sense to go close, zoom in etc. I don’t know how long Ulwe will offer sights as this one. And yes, Happy Independence Day to all Indians ūüôā ¬©2012 Rahul Jauhari. All rights reserved.



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  • Black Headed Munia

    Black Headed Munia

    The Ulwe Project: Here’s another lovely bird from my Ulwe adventures. The¬†Black-headed Munia,¬†Lonchura atricapilla, interestingly, is the former national bird of Philippines. It’s also known as the Chestnut Munia. I’ve seen this bird in decent numbers in Ulwe and are quite striking from up close. They are shy too, why makes them just a little bit tough to shoot, given…



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  • Scaly Breasted Munia

    Scaly Breasted Munia

    The Ulwe Project: Another sighting from Ulwe. The rapid urbanization of Ulwe explains the wire in the picture. The¬†Scaly Breasted Munia¬†or¬†Spotted Munia¬†(Lonchura punctulata) is a sparrow-sized¬†estrildid finch that is native to tropical¬†Asia¬†extending from¬†India¬†and¬†SriLanka¬†to¬†Indonesia¬†and the¬†Philippines.¬†It is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on seeds but also takes small berries of¬†Lantana¬†and other plants. The breeding season is during the rainy season…



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  • Ashy Prinia

    Ashy Prinia

    The Ulwe Project: The Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren-Warbler (Prinia socialis), is a small warbler.¬†I have seen this bird on every one of my birding trips to Ulwe. It is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and western Myanmar and is commonly seen in urban gardens and farmland in…



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  • Black Winged Kite

    Black Winged Kite

    The Ulwe Project: It is never nice to see such a striking bird on a wire. But that’s the story of Ulwe. There was some confusion – whether this is the Black Winged Kite or the Black Shouldered Kite. Settled on the former after a little wikipedia research. The¬†Black Winged Kite¬†(Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal¬†bird of prey¬†in the family¬†Accipitridae,¬†best…



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